Free Access to Records

August 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Services

If you’re sleuthing out your family tree, you can get free access to U.S. Census records this Labor Day weekend, until September 3.

The free access lets you search on 150 years of U.S. Census records between the years of 1790-1940.

I’m not much of a family tree expert myself, but Mr Cheap’s mom is big into tracing the family history. So far I’ve been disappointed to discover that he’s not actually descended from George Washington, despite his hairstyle. Still, we live in hope.

To take advantage of the free access to U.S. Census recordsplug in whatever information you know about your relative, and see what you find out. Make sure you use the search at the link I’ve given you, rather than choosing the 14 day free trial. (The free trial, which is always available at, asks you to choose a membership payment plan and provide a payment method for later billing.) With the free offer this weekend, you might need to provide a guest access name and email address once you’re into your search, but it shouldn’t require any payment method. 

The free access is available through midnight Eastern time on Monday September 3, 2012. That’s 10 pm Mountain time.

If you’re wondering about the image, it’s the The World War I draft card of Tom Cruise’s great grandfather, Thomas Cruise Mapother, courtesy of Nothing to do with the Census records, but kinda cool.

–Tania.   Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for the heads-up on the free access. Teresa and I aren’t related, except by our mutual passion for freebies!


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